16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Cairns. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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